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Is blackstrap molasses good or bad for you?


Originally written 2011/11/19

Reading up more on blackstrap molasses as I try to shrink my fibroids naturally. In Can you really get rid of fibroids drinking blackstrap molasses? (article) I mentioned that I have just purchased a bottle of blackstrap molasses which I plan to use daily in conjunction with apple cider vinegar and regular exercise ( power yoga, kick boxing, dancing, and some strategic work with weights) in an attempt to fight back against what large fibroids have done to change the shape of my body.

The thing is, I’m not sure if blackstrap molasses is good or bad for you. I found a few claims that it’s bad for you, worse than sugar even, and that it’s not in fact a health food as many claim; but countering those claims are the many other claims that blackstrap molasses is very beneficial healthwise.

One of the sources of information I came across listed the following as the nutrients in blackstrap molasses:

  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Selenium

I can remember a few months back while doing some research, coming across a few articles that suggested selenium and magnesium both help in getting rid of fibroids. I’ve also read that copper helps but this article suggests copper is actually bad for fibroids. Of course you have to be careful when it comes to things you read on the Internet. For every claim that something can help cure your illness there is going to be a counter claim. Even doctors can’t seem to agree on what’s good for you and what’s bad for you.

At this point though I am willing to try anything to shrink my fibroids as long as it’s not likely to kill me. From what I can tell it’s a matter of opinion whether or not blackstrap molasses is good or bad for you generally. Some people say it’s good for you. Some people say it’s bad for you. As I see it, if it’s not going to kill me or make me gain weight, or otherwise harm me in some serious way like damage my liver or some other organ, I’ll take my chances with it for a little while to see if it can help get my stomach down. I just need to figure out how to get it not to taste so god awful.

Here is a photo demonstrating the change that my body has gone through from the period when I started to develop a problem with fibroids to now.


At the time photo 1 was taken I was already noticing that my stomach was not as flat as it used to be and that nothing I was doing was helping; but my stomach was still flat enough that I had no reason to think there was something growing in there. This was in 2006. About a year and 5 months later I realized there was something hard growing in my lower abdomen. I went to the doctor and discovered I had a fibroid. Within a few short months “a fibroid” became at least 3 large fibroids. Photo #2 was taken today (November 18th 2011). You can see my stomach is pushing out significantly. This is not the biggest the fibroids have made my stomach look though. I want to believe my efforts to shrink them are succeeding but I have a long way to go before I can say for certain.

Image ©fibroidlady
**I have obscured my face to maintain some degree of privacy

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My name is Monica. I have fibroids. My fibroids are large enough that they have transformed my figure into something I am still trying to learn how to live with. In the meantime while I try to learn how to live with my fibroids I am also trying every possible method I can find to try to shrink them naturally because I am afraid of the idea of a hysterectomy. I lived with fibroids from 2007 - 2016. I started documenting my experiences on this blog in 2012. On March 7th 2016 I had a hysterectomy out of concern that I might have ovarian cancer. It did not turn out that I had ovarian cancer. The cancer scare forced the hysterectomy I was trying to avoid, and so, I became fibroid free as of March 7th 2016. I will try to keep this blog up and running in the hope that it will be of some use to others going through what I went through.